APF 2016, the UK’s largest and most exciting forestry, woodland, arboricultural, trees and timber event is shaping up to be the biggest and best event we have ever staged in our 42 year history. Already over 230 exhibitors have booked and our static display area is over 95% full. Advance tickets sales have opened and are selling well to the anticipated 17000 visitors who will attend over the three days.
The event will showcase the very best state-of-the-art machinery available and reflect everything that happens in the modern working woodland and tree industries, everything from seed to sawmill. During the event over 300 tonnes of timber will be harvested and processed by the very latest hi-tec machines. But the show not only represents the very hi-tec but all aspects of woodland and tree management and timber processing. The woodland crafts area has the largest display of traditional crafts you will find anywhere in the UK. Skills such as hazel hurdles, oak swill baskets, green oak carpentry, sussex trugs, charcoal burning, polelathe turning, coracle making, hazel baskets, willow weaving, cleft chestnut can all be seen with many opportunities to have-a-go. There will be displays of timber extraction by horse and reminders of yesteryear with working vintage machinery.
There is a comprehensive series of topical seminars on the latest plant health issues and threats to our native trees from foreign pests and diseases as well as workshops on worker health, training and safety issues. Every major woodland, forest and tree related association is represented.
There are some fantastic and rarely seen competitions to watch and enjoy. The Husqvarna World 25m poleclimbing championships will see around 50 of the very best climbers compete for the world title and Europe’s top 25 carvers will compete over three days for the A W Jenkinson and Tilhill Forestry European Chainsaw Carving Championships. The Komatsu UK forwarder driving championships and the world polelathe turning championships will also feature.
Exhibition Secretary, Ian Millward said “We are experiencing very heavy demand for sites and have nearly sold out so I urge any potential exhibitors to book soon to avoid disappointment”
“We are also seeking to work with new sponsors for 2016 with specific regard to entrances, car parks, static display area and the woodland craft area. If these areas are of interest to you please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss the options and possibilities”